Analysis of advanced materials is a significant area of our work. We have undertaken assessment of integrity and failure mechanisms, including cracking and delamination of reinforced composite materials for both interior and exterior applications. Aircraft cabin analysis has involved static and dynamic loading, considering how forces are transferred to the airframe.
Ansys software and training has been supplied to the industry for structural, fluid, FSI, MEMs, combustion and thermal management applications, in addition to geometry modelling and topology optimisation capabilities.
Process modelling of manufacturing processes can be a key enabler for developing strong yet light high integrity components involving advanced materials. Working long term with OEMs and their supply chains, advanced metal forming and heat treatment simulation has been undertaken to ensure thermo-mechanical processing cycles are optimised for a wide range of parts, from turbine blades and deep drawn panels to fasteners and ballistics. Many of our clients use DEFORM themselves for internal product and tooling development, including inertia welding and micro-structural modelling of superalloys and titaniums.
Exterior and interior fluid flows have been simulated using Ansys FLUENT & CFX, considering acoustic issues.
Our 1D thermo-fluid code, Flownex, with a comprehensive library of fluid properties and thermal, fluid, heat transfer, control and electric circuit components and networks, is well suited to the simulation, design and optimisation of aerospace systems including combustion and turbine secondary flow modelling.
Many military related projects have been undertaken for the MOD and subcontractors, conforming to the necessary security and confidentiality requirements for this type of work. This has included a long term relationship with Williams Fairey – a world leader in tactical military bridging – including consulting secondments and training.